September 29th is the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels.
Most names don’t reveal very much about the person who carries them. But that’s not true of the angels whom we honor. Michael, whose name means “Who is like God,” is known for his great power in fighting against Satan and his demons. Gabriel’s name means “strength,” and he certainly gave strength to Mary when he told her she would be the Mother of God (Luke 1:28). Raphael’s name means “healer,” and he is the one who cured Tobit’s blindness (Tobit 11). Continue »
The Lord might have a difficult word for you to share.
It’s often difficult to speak the truth in love to our friends and families. Such words can be difficult to both give and accept. But doing so enhances the virtue of humility in both the one who is speaking those words and the one who is hearing them. In fact, we do not love our neighbor when we fail to speak charitable words of correction when necessary. Continue »
David shows us how to rise above fear and never lose hope.
How do you react in the face of a danger that seems to loom large? It could be a threat on the global stage, like international terrorism, war, economic crisis, natural disaster, or news of a possible flu epidemic. Continue »
God wants to mold us into his people
"O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay and you the potter: We are all the work of your hands." (Isaiah 64:7) This well-known image from Scripture gives us a good idea of the way God wants to shape our lives with his grace. Just as a potter shapes a lump of clay into a vessel, so God wants to shape us into vessels of his grace—vessels that can hold his divine grace and pour that grace out to the people around us. Continue »
"And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name" (Philippians 2:8-9).
This Sunday, the 14th of September, is the Feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, formerly known as the Triumph of the Cross. Continue »
Evangelii Nuntiandi is as significant today as ever.
The decision of Pope Francis to beatify Pope Paul in the context of a Synod of Bishops celebration urges us to reflect on his extraordinary post-conciliar pontificate and his immense contributions, particularly in the area of evangelization and catechesis. Continue »
How to listen to God in Scripture
Unlike any other book ever written, the Bible is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12). Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Scripture has the power to bring God himself into our lives. Listen, for instance, to Moses as he addresses the Israelites just as they are about to enter the Promised Land. Continue »
This exercise will help you find out.
When we try to think of ourselves as holy, often our first reaction is to exclaim, “Not me!” That may be because we tend to think of holiness as something reserved for great saints and heroes, and we know we aren’t in that category! However, the truth is that by the fact of our baptism we are all called to holiness. Continue »
How God has used this simple substance to bring about death and life.
Today’s reading invites us to come to the waters: the waters of life. Of course, the first experience many of us have of this water is quite literal, in the sacrament of Baptism. Continue »
Selected July Meditations
What better to way to start and finish each day than with scripture? In this new calendar, Fr. Larry Richards exhorts us to put the Word of God first and last! Continue »
Four Ways to Experience Jesus’ Power
The gospels present many exciting accounts of people being healed and restored to wholeness. But after delving into them, we wonder: Can we too experience Jesus’ healing touch? Can we be set free? Continue »
The Eucharist drew me back.
I was baptized in the Catholic Church as an infant. My family later left the Church, and it took me fifty years to find my way home. Through all those years, I never forgot the peace I found in the Eucharist. Continue »
God wants to free us from the devil so we can help others get free.
Discerning of spirits is always a delicate matter in which we need prudence so as not to become deluded and confused. We risk deluding ourselves by ascribing all our mistakes to the devil without taking serious note of the evil we all have rooted inside us, and thus without coming against it. Continue »
Five Ways To Experience His Love More Deeply
Deep in our hearts, we all yearn for the Spirit’s presence. Often, however, obstacles can prevent us from knowing his grace more deeply. Below are five steps we can take to remove these obstacles and open our hearts to the Spirit’s transforming power. Continue »
What Makes a Prophet?
He stands on a sun-bleached dune, his tangled hair blowing in the wind and his dark eyes bearing an intense, faraway look. His hand grips a well-worn staff, and his sheepskin cloak clings to his gaunt frame. Continue »